By Danny Wright
Gordon Strachan has surprisingly claimed that it was a no-brainer for him to call Celtic’s Callum McGregor into the Scotland squad even though he has sparsely used him in the past.
McGregor, 24, has been on fire for the Hoops this season but was originally left out of Strachan’s latest squad as they prepare for their last two World Cup qualifiers.
The Tartan Army boss hasn’t called upon the Bhoys attacker for over three years and he is still yet to earn a debut international cap.
However that may change over the next couple of weeks when Scotland face Slovenia and Slovakia in two ties that could make or break their chances of getting to the World Cup in Russia next summer.
Now, Strachan has claimed that even though he has overlooked McGregor for a few years, he was the first on his mind when several injuries started to creep into his squad.
“It was easy really,” said Strachan, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“But the guys he’s replacing are the ones who sometimes keep him out of the Celtic team as well.
“There is no embarrassment in that when you’re up against Armstrong and Brown. That’s how strong Celtic are in that area.
“But Callum has kept his head down, plugged away and hopefully he feels it’s a right big bonus coming along with us.”
McGregor has been in good form for Celtic this season, scoring six goals and supplying three assists in 15 appearances across all competitions.
It was a baffling choice for Scotland to not include him anyway with the fine performances he has been putting in as of late, even when coming off the bench for the Bhoys.
He was at it again on Saturday when he kept his side’s unbeaten run intact with a brace in the 2-2 draw with Hibernian.